The new Sport Competizione collection of chronographs presented this year by the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture pays homage to speed by gleaning inspiration from the world of automobiles. This subtly retro-futuristic line unabashedly evokes the famous Club Italia chronograph which, when it was launched in 1987 at a time when quartz was king, signaled the start of the brand’s recovery of an emerging market that was searching for quality historical products.
The Stradale Chronograph
Determined to preserve the time-defying legend of these specialized instruments, the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture chose to enclose the Stradale chronograph within a 42 mm diameter steel case. This contemporary size, combined with a classic design inspired by that of the best products of the golden age of the wristwatch, ensures that this piece unites elements of elegance and dynamism and therefore will always remain completely timeless. The piece was crafted to be water-resistant to 30 meters in order to be unaffected by humidity anywhere in the world. The case-band features long, subtly rounded lugs that follow the natural curve of the wrist. It also presents “mushroom-type” push-pieces that are visually identical to those used during the golden fifties, and is adorned with a transparent sapphire crystal case-back, which enables aesthetes to admire the sight of the finishes of the GP03300 reference manufacture movement.
The Circuito Chronograph
Moving with the times, the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture also wanted to offer lovers of up-to-date products a chronograph that successfully and harmoniously combines tradition and the avant-garde. When creating the Circuito version of the Sport Competizione collection, the Manufacture’s engineers and watchmakers opted for robustness and lightness by deciding on an innovative case, measuring 42 mm in diameter, which combines titanium and carbon, giving a metallic effect reminiscent of high-end car bodies. The use of this alloy meant that the case design had to be specifically developed to accommodate the composite material. Light and highly resistant, the case is water-resistant to 30 meters and features a design inspired by the chronographs of the golden age of wristwatches. The case protects the Manufacture’s GP03300-0122 reference chronograph caliber from any outside damage.
The Circuito is available on a carbon-effect calfskin strap fastened to the wrist by a double folding clasp in DLC-coated microbead-blasted steel. Designed for everyday adventure, this efficient chronograph houses a “honeycomb” open-worked composite dial recalling the radiator grilles and air inlets of automobiles for a confident sporty chic look.